New Zealand Paua Shell Pendant set in Sterling Silver includes 18 inch silver chain for Her , or for Him with Braided Cord/ Shell toggle.
"Rei-Matau" An Original Design by Ray Fransham
The tradition of wearing a fish-hook or matua as a pendant is in memory of Maui, the legendary superhero, fishing up the North Island of NZ.
The Maori name for the North Island is Te Ika a Maui - The Fish of Maui. The significance of this legend led to a tradition of creating non-functional fish-hooks as abstract works of art, many of which can be found in our museums. This Original hook design is my contribution to continuing this unique New Zealand art form.
"Rei-Matau" Sterling Silver Fish-Hook Design Paua Pendant 3077
"Rei Matua" For Him & Her Silver Paua Pendant
Pendant length 3.5 cm.
Sterling Silver 45cm/18 inch.
All designs are copyright of Rei Jewellery Ltd.
The Designer Ray Fransham
This piece, like all our jewellery, is a design of my creation - Ray Fransham
The unfurling fern frond is at the core of the design, with its ideas of growth and new beginnings. Wrapped in a circle that references the sea and the way it encircles our islands.
But the design should be about what you see in it, and the emotions you find in it. Passing this on to ..... will give the piece true meaning.
What is Paua?
Paua is a species of abalone (Haliotis iris), with a very special shell. Paua The Gift of the God of the Sea. Paua is unique to New Zealand. The most colourful species of Abalone. Regarded by New Zealanders past and present as a taonga or treasure. Maori legend has it that paua was a special gift from Tangaroa, the God of the Sea.
Rei Jewellery exclusively uses gem quality, natural paua shell when creating our designs.
Each piece captures a unique essence of New Zealand
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